07/04/2015IRAN Agreement on Iranian nuclear never been closer Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posts message online saying agreement is close, opening new ways to address common challenges such as extremism in the Middle East. Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Iran's foreign minister has used YouTube to say that a comprehensive agreement over Tehran’s nuclear programme has never been closer.
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07/03/2015NORTH KOREA - IRAN Pyongyang seeks Iranian Red Crescent aid to battle drought A long conversation between the North Korean ambassador to Tehran and the head of the Muslim humanitarian organization concludes with assurances of "unremitting efforts" to help North Korea overcome the crisis. The regime has refused the help offered by Beijing and Seoul. Catholic source tells AsiaNews: "The relations are good and the North has long been suffering from drought. But the diplomacy of the peninsula is not changing".
07/03/2015ASIA 2015, young people celebrate anniversaries of Taize and Brother Roger by Frère Ghislain* Over 100 years since birth, 10 years after his death and 75 years after the foundation of the experience of Taizé, Brother Roger's charism is still alive. Gestures of prayer and solidarity across Asia: Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam. In Calcutta, prayer around the tomb of Mother Teresa, who Frere Roger visited in 1976 and 1997. In Japan and throughout the continent an experience of the Church united "in God’s heart".
07/03/2015SYRIA Aleppo, Islamists attack to oust Assad's troops and introduce sharia An alliance of rebel forces, led by a group affiliated with al Qaeda, wants to take over the second largest city of Syria. Aleppo is an economic and industrial center of huge strategic importance. Islamic State militia’s not involved in attack. So far four dead and 70 wounded among civilians.
07/02/2015VATICAN Tourism offers "a billion opportunities" for sustainable development on Earth In its message for World Tourism Day, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples notes that growth in this sector represents “a challenge to all the sectors involved in this global phenomenon: tourists, businesses, governments and local communities and, of course, the Church too. The billion tourists should necessarily be considered above all in their billion opportunities.”
07/02/2015EGYPT For Catholic Church, the Egyptian people is united in the fight against Jihadist terrorism For Fr Rafic Greiche, “Rather than fear, what dominates is a feeling of anger” over the state prosecutor’s assassination and the Sinai attack. At least 100 people die in the latter. For the spokesman of the Catholic Church, the prosecutor's death was obviously caused by police letting their guard down. For him external forces are trying to bring "instability" to the country.
07/01/2015PALESTINE IS threatens to uproot Hamas and impose Sharia in Gaza In a video addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas," IS announces plans to uproot Israel and Fatah. "Eight years they control the territory, and have yet to enforce one Islamic teaching," it says. "The point of jihad is not to liberate land . . . but jihad as defined by God is fighting for and implementing the law of God”.
07/01/2015IRAN Cautious optimism on extension of Iran nuclear talks The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, has argued that a final deal is "within reach". And the Iranian Mohammad Javad Zarif, "I'm here to get a final agreement, and I think we can get there."
06/30/2015SAUDI ARABIA Saudis hotels want women chefs But the Ministry of Labour says it is only possible if women are not obliged to constantly meet men and therefore have separate working areas, with different entrances and toilets.
06/30/2015LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST The ecumenism of blood and Orthodox divisions by Fady Noun At a time when Christians, Catholics and Orthodox, suffer persecution in the Middle East, the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch decided to break the communion with the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Their rivalry is not theological, but jurisdictional, over the faithful in Qatar. The pan-Orthodox Synod is being held up by the jealousy of Russian Orthodox. Having a common date to celebrate Easter is important.
06/30/2015YEMEN - ISLAM Islamic State attacks Houthi leader in Yemen: 28 dead, including eight women Brothers Faycal and Hamid Jayache, Yemeni Shiite rebel two faction leaders, target of attack. The two were attending funeral of a deceased relative. Houthis have surrounded the area, access allowed only for medical transport. Jihadist movement post online claim of responsibility for the attack against the "Shiite nest" in Sanaa.